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Capitals Insider: March 7, 2010 - March 13, 2010

Capitals get back to work

The Washington Capitals' morning skate just ended here at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, and the team was on the ice a few minutes ahead of the 11:30 a.m. scheduled start time. The energy level appeared high the morning after a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, which entered Friday night's...

By Gene Wang  |  March 13, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
 
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Capitals' Mike Knuble on upcoming road trip

The Capitals begin a week long road trip on Sunday, starting against the Chicago Blackhawks in a game that could be a preview to the Stanley Cup finals. The Blackhawks have the second-best record in the Western Conference and are two points out of first, trailing only the San Jose...

By Gene Wang  |  March 13, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Boudreau defends Varlamov

Washington Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau was visibly disappointed after his team lost to Tampa Bay, 3-2, but made sure to say it was not the fault of goalie Semyon Varlamov, who faced 27 shots. Varlamov was the victim of some bad bounces, including a puck that deflected off center Vincent...

By Gene Wang  |  March 12, 2010; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Brooks Laich on Caps clinching playoff spot: 'We have bigger goals'

It was business as usual in the Caps' locker room here at KCI following today's morning skate, despite the fact that the team became the first in the NHL to clinch a playoff spot after they wrapped up their third-straight Southeast Division title when Atlanta lost to Columbus, 2-1, last...

By Mark Giannotto  |  March 12, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (163)
 
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Caps clinch division

Well, it's official. The Caps clinched their third straight Southeast Division championship thanks to the Thrashers' 2-1 loss in Columbus. They're the first team to claim three straight S.E. titles. When asked this morning about locking up the division title with a month remaining in the regular sason, Coach Bruce...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 11, 2010; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
 
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Ovechkin: 'We still have a good atmosphere'

The Caps held a very optional practice today at KCI that featured only 16 of the 25 players on the roster and none of the team's stars (with the exception of Mike Green, who was the last player off the ice.) I suspect this is what most practices are going...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 11, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Eric Belanger  
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Fleischmann helps Caps get back on track

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) After Tomas Fleischmann scored the winner in overtime to lift the Capitals to 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, he had something to say to Coach Bruce Boudreau: "It's just a little message," Fleischmann joked, "don't sit me out again." | Full story »...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 11, 2010; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Fleischmann: 'Don't sit me out again'

Tomas Fleischmann had the goal of the game and the quote of the night after the Caps' 4-3 overtime win over the 'Canes. "It's just a little message: don't sit me out again," the winger joked after scoring the game winner with 1:40 left in the extra session. Fleischmann was...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 10, 2010; 11:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Hurricanes at Caps

Jose Theodore is set to start at Verizon Center and he's expected to oppose Carolina's Manny Legace. A couple of familiar faces will be the 'Canes lineup. I'm told Brian Pothier will be paired with Tim Gleason, while Oskar Osala will skate on a line with Rod Brind'Amour and Sergei...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 10, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (182)
 
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Boudreau's lineup tinkering set to end soon

Coach Bruce Boudreau has made changes to his lineup ahead of tonight's Southeast showdown with the 'Canes. But all of that forward line/defense pairing juggling could be coming to an end - perhaps as soon as next week - as Boudreau begins to turn his attention to his playoffs combos....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 10, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
 
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Fehr, Chimera out tonight vs. 'Canes

The morning skate is just wrapping up here at KCI, and there are some changes to the lineup to tell you about. Jose Theodore will start in goal against the suddenly surging 'Canes, while it looks like wingers Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr will watch from the stands with the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 10, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Caps sign Dmitry Kugryshev

The Caps have signed right wing Dmitry Kugryshev, their second round choice in 2008, to a three-year entry level contract. The 6 foot, 185-pound Russian is currently playing for the QMJHL Quebec Remparts and has 55 assists and 83 points in 64 games to lead his team in those categories....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 9, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Ovechkin, Knuble take day off

Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble got the day off from practice today. Team officials said both players are healthy and were simply took a maintenance day. The team did not work on the penalty kill today -- it's pretty tough to do at this stage of the season because the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 9, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Caps' record run at home ends in shootout

Alex Ovechkin snapped out of his "slump" and the Capitals launched a season high 52 shots on the Stars' net tonight. But they came up short in the shootout for three reasons, in order: 1) Marty Turco was the best player on the ice; 2) two third period penalties; and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 9, 2010; 12:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Stars at Caps

Semyon Varlamov will start tonight at Verizon Center as the Caps attempt to tie the longest winning streak on home ice since the 1975-76 season. At the other end of the rink, Marty Turco will be in net for a desperate Dallas team, which sits points behind Detroit in the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 8, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (196)
 
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Varlamov set to start vs. Stars

Based on the morning skate, it appears Semyon Varlamov will be back between the pipes tonight against the visiting Stars. Varlamov has surrendered 10 goals on 57 shots in his past two starts and seems to be losing ground to veteran Jose Theodore, who is 12-0-2 with a 2.38 goals...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 8, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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Joe Corvo ready to max out opportunity with Caps

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Joe Corvo needed extensive surgery and more than 100 stitches after getting hurt against the Capitals in November. Now, he has a prominent place on their blue line. Safe to say it's all in the past. "If you had to pick three teams to get...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 8, 2010; 5:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Tags: Joe Corvo, Morning roundup  
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